KAMPALA – The battle for the Kabale Municipality parliamentary seat is set to become a family affair after two siblings of Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusime-Mutebile indicated that they are ready to go neck to neck in a bid to win people’s mandate come 2021.
Maj Gen Timothy Sabiti Mutebile and his young brother Joseph Mutebile, who are young brothers of Governor Mutebile, have started a war of words two years to the 2021 elections.
Maj Gen Sabiti Mutebile retired recently as the commander of the engineering Brigade in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces to join politics. Mr Joseph Mutebile, on the other hand, is a banker who has contested twice and lost (2006 and 2011).
However, both have claimed that they are the rightful people to unseat the incumbent, Mr Andrew Baryayanga, an independent.
Maj Gen Mutebile has rebuked his brother Joseph, saying how can he want to contest when he hardly raised 1% of the votes in the last elections.
He added that while Joseph is free to contest, the latter is fighting a losing battle and won’t get anywhere.
In response, Mr Joseph Mutebile said: “He thinks I have scored less than one percent but let him step in the race and test the water; he will tell us its temperatures.”
Maj Gen Mutebile was early this year welcomed to Kabale where a party was made to congratulate him upon being promoted to the rank of Major General.
Early this year, he said he would not pay for votes by wasting.
Instead, he said the locals should contribute towards his planned election budget because of his leadership and other credentials to help him win and serve them.
“I will not buy votes I am not desperate to win an election, the people of Kabale Municipality who have asked me to stand should support me to win I hope they like me” he added.
The incumbent, Mr Baryayanga, who has held the seat since 2011, trounced Prof Augustus Nuwagaba, the poverty eradication expert and Dr. Francis Runumi in the last elections. Mr Baryayanga enjoys youth support for mainly engaging them in sports especially football.